Top scenic spots to visit in Greater Palm Springs

With a stunning location amid four towering mountain ranges, Greater Palm Springs is the perfect oasis for landscape photographers and travel Instagrammers. From sweeping valley views to unique murals and artwork, we’ve hand-picked some of our favorite must-see sites when you visit Palm Springs.

Palm Springs Aerial Tramway to San Jacinto Peak

If you’re a keen hiker, this 11-mile round-trip is worth the effort for the panoramic views. Starting from Mountain Station where the tram terminates at 5,873 ft., the trail leads you to the second-highest peak in Southern California. On a clear day, visibility can stretch as far as Catalina Island or even glittering Las Vegas at night.

Indian Canyons

With over 60 miles of hiking trails, the Indian Canyons are brimming with breathtaking views. The Andreas Canyon, at just over a mile long, features diverse plants, rock formations, and iconic Californian palms. Another picturesque hike is the Victor trail – this moderate, three-mile loop leads to a ridge that overlooks the vast canyon. For more moderate and strenuous hikes in the Indian Canyons, check out the trail maps on their website.

South Lykken Trail

Another hike with rewarding views is the South Lykken Trail near Palm Canyon. The total distance is around 2.2 miles with moderate difficulty. Throughout the hike, enjoy sweeping views of Tahquitz Canyon, the Coachella Valley, and Mount San Jacinto.

Palm Springs Sign

The recognizable Palm Springs Sign on Highway 11 presents an iconic photo opportunity, complete with spectacular mountains and palm trees hovering in the background.

Miramonte Resort

Guests staying at Miramonte Resort & Spa can savor unmatched views from a range of locations within the hotel and grounds. Relax on our terrace balcony while gazing out at the Santa Rosa mountains, explore the lush grounds of the property while snapping close-ups of the lemon trees, and admire the incredible artwork in our sculpture garden. The photo opportunities are endless and capture the true beauty of Palm Springs.

Impressive exteriors and artwork

Palm Springs features an array of incredible architecture, bold murals, and mesmerizing artwork. Here are just a few that are picture-perfect:

  • Desert Void at Ace Hotel & Swim Club – this bold mural is showcased on the walls of the swim club, celebrating the esteemed festival, Coachella. The murals are interchangeable and are unveiled before the festival each year.
  • Empowerment of Women at Taqueria Arandas – the exterior of this Tex-Mex chain houses an expressive and colorful mural by local artist, Sofia Enriquez.
  • Parker Palm Springs exterior – a towering white wall interjected with a splash of orange on the doors make this hotel exterior a prime photo spot.
  • Hungry Dog of the Desert – head to Veteran’s Memorial Park to see this prismatic piece of street art by Mexican artist Ricardo Angeles Mendoza.
  • Shady Lane art wall – this 1,400 foot-long art wall features on Shady Lane as part of the Coachella Walls project.
  • Indian Canyons neighborhood – you can explore mid-century architecture and quirky designs around the neighborhoods of Palm Springs. One place, in particular, that is has featured plenty on Instagram is the house with #ThatPinkDoor.

Moorten Botanical Garden

Nature enthusiasts and macro photographers will love exploring the biomes, plantlife, and gardens on display at Moorten Botanical Garden. With over 3,000 varieties of plants within the estate, get up close and personal with desert trees, cacti, ancient fossils, and more.

Hopefully, there’s something in this list that catches your eye, ready for your next Palm Springs vacation. If you would like to find out more about these scenic spots, the staff at Miramonte will be more than happy to assist.